UFC fighter drops to canvas, lies deathly still after sickening knee to the head puts him to sleep instantly

A mixed martial arts fighter won't remember much of his bout from this morning after he was put to sleep by a deadly knee to the head.

Alessio Di Chirico put Oluwale Bamgbose to sleep in the first fight on the preliminary card at UFC Fight Night Winnipeg when he connected his right knee to the left temple of the American fighter.

Both men kept their distance at the start of the first round but eventually came to trade blows early in the second, leading to the knockout finish.

Di Chirico responded immediately after copping an inside leg kick and a right hook early in the second round to ensure the judges wouldn’t be called upon.

The 28-year-old made his move and landed two inside punches before a knee to Bamgbose's head ended the fight as the American dropped to the canvas face first as his lights went out.


Hamish Miller takes out brutal Mount Monster Surf Life Saving race

Hamish Miller finally broke through for victory in New Zealand's premier long distance surf lifesaving race today, winning the Mount Monster event in Mount Maunganui.

The 19-year-old eased home in two hours 20 minutes and 36 seconds, held over 25km and four legs along the Bay of Plenty coastline.

Miller led from the start after setting a cracking pace in the opening 5km run and 1500m swim legs, carefully nursed his lead in the 12km ski paddle and then pulled away further in the final 6km board leg with the second-fastest time.

"I've had a few fourths and I've always seemed to be 20-30secs off the pace in previous years so to finally come away with a win on my home beach is pretty special," said Miller.

"It was always going to be a bloody hard race but my tactic was to try and push the run - that's one of my strong legs.

"I needed a gap on the ski and the plan was to take a lead into the board, so I was pretty stoked how it worked out."

The 19-year-old beat Coast to Coast champion Sam Clark in Mount Maunganui. Source: 1 NEWS



'I don't want to see this on pay-to-air' – Team NZ boss Grant Dalton backs free America's Cup television coverage

Team New Zealand chief executive Grant Dalton has thrown his support behind free-to-air coverage of the 2021 America's Cup regatta.

Speaking on TVNZ1's Breakfast today, Dalton said that he was eager to see free coverage of Team New Zealand's defence of the Auld Mug, saying that Kiwis shouldn't be charged in order to support their team.

"I don't want to see this on pay to air," he said.

"I don't want people to have to pay to come and watch the event in a village atmosphere where you've got to pay to come in."

"That just doesn't make sense to me as a Kiwi."

Yesterday, Auckland Council voted in favour of Wynyard Basin to be developed for the 2021 Cup.

However, the government has indicated a preference for a second option involving greater use of Wynyard Wharf.

This option remains on the table when government and council officials get together to negotiate the final plan for the next America's Cup defence.

Grant Dalton spoke in favour of free to air coverage for the 2021 regatta. Source: Breakfast